Coast to Coast Overtime Pay Suit Settled Outside
Court, According to Court Documents
May 6, 2011
Raymond Nelson Mejia, a former New York-based installer for Coast
to Coast Auto Glass who filed suit against the company in November
seeking overtime pay, has reached a settlement agreement with the
company, according to court
Terms of the settlement were not disclosed, and the official "Settlement
Agreement," approved by the court last week, has not been made
public. As a result of the settlement, the court has approved an
order of final dismissal, "with no award of attorneys' fees,
costs or disbursements by the court to any party."
Mejia had alleged that as an installer for the company, he regularly
worked more than 40 hours per week in a nonexempt position, but
that Coast to Coast "refused to pay him time and a half for
overtime, often paying him on a 'piece rate' basis with no additional
premiums for overtime work performed." Mejia also claimed that
he worked a shift of more than six hours extending over the noon
day meal timeframe and that the company "failed to provide
[him] at least thirty minutes for the noon day meal."
Though Mejia had amended his complaint to seek a class action suit
in February, he filed a second
amended complaint amidst the settlement discussions on April
14, removing his request for a possible class action.
At press time, neither Penn Dodson of the law firm of Goldberg
& Dohan, who represented Mejia, nor Coast to Coast spokesperson
Rhonda Jacobson, had responded to requests for comment. Marc Wenger
of Jackson Lewis LLP, whose law firm represented Coast to Coast
in the case, declined to comment on details of the settlement.
Wenger's firm had filed a motion on March 14 seeking additional
time to respond to the complaint, citing the settlement
"The parties actively are involved in settlement discussions
and request this extension with plaintiffs' consent to permit the
parties to conclude their negotiations," wrote Wenger.
This is the second suit filed against Coast to Coast related to
such claims; the first was filed in October by a former Florida
sales representative and was
resolved outside of court in late November.
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